Inhibitory actions of endothelin-1 on pain processing.
ABSTRACT Endothelin-1 (ET-1) in the central nervous system has been suggested to produce suppressive effects on pain transmission. We investigated the manner by which ET-1 exerts this action. ET-1 administered intracerebroventricularly produced a dose-dependent antinociceptive effect in a thermal pain test that utilized a spinal reflex to determine nociceptive thresholds. This suggested that the antinociceptive effect of ET-1 involved a descending pain inhibitory system. The antinociceptive effect was blocked by an ETA receptor antagonist but not by an ETB receptor antagonist, indicating that the action was mediated through the ETA receptor. Antagonists of opioid receptors, serotonin receptors, alpha-2 adrenergic receptors, oxytocin receptors, and dopamine receptors did not block the antinociceptive effect of ET-1. Thus, major descending inhibitory systems were probably not involved. The antinociceptive effect was blocked by intracerebroventricular administration of an alpha-1 adrenergic receptor antagonist. This indicated that the antinociceptive effect involved the activation of a supraspinal noradrenergic pathway, which in turn may activate a still unknown descending pain inhibitory system.
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ABSTRACT: In addition to causing overt nociception, intraplantar (ipl) endothelin (ET)-1 injection into the rat hind paw induces hyperalgesia to mechanical stimuli, mediated via local ET(B) receptors coupled to protein kinase (PK) C, but not PKA. The present study further examines the intracellular signaling mechanisms underlying this effect of ET-1. ET-1 (30 pmol) or phospate-buffered saline (PBS) was injected ipl in rats and the threshold of responsiveness to mechanical stimulation was assessed repeatedly each hour up to 8 hrs and 24 hrs, using the dynamic plantar aesthesiometer test, which detects the minimal pressure required to evoke paw withdrawal. Different groups were treated, 15 mins before ET-1 administration, with ipsilateral injection of selective inhibitors of either phospholipase (PL) A2 (1 nmol PACOCF3), PLC (30 pmol U73122), PKC (1 nmol GF109203X), p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK; 30 nmol SB203580), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK1/2; 30 nmol PD98059), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK; 30 nmol SP600125), or vehicle, to assess their influence on the hyperalgesic response. The mechanical hyperalgesia caused by ET-1 started 2 hrs after injection, peaked at 5 hrs (PBS, 29 +/- 0.5 g; ET-1, 17 +/- 1.3 g) and lasted up to 8 hrs. The inhibitors of PLC, PKC, p38 MAPK, ERK1/2, and JNK caused long-lasting reductions of the mechanical hyperalgesia (inhibitions at 4 hrs of 100%, 90%, 97%, 90%, and 100%, respectively), but the PLA2 inhibitor reduced hyperalgesia only at 4 hrs (by 58%). Thus, mechanical hyperalgesia triggered by ET-1 in the rat hind paw depends importantly on signaling pathways involving PLC, PKC, p38 MAPK, ERK1/2, and JNK, whereas the contribution of PLA2 is relatively minor.Experimental Biology and Medicine 07/2006; 231(6):1141-5. · 2.23 Impact Factor
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